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File:Laboratory sieves BMK.jpg|thumb|right|Metal sifters File:Ami shakushi.Scoop.jpg|thumb|An ''ami shakushi'', a Japanese ladle or scoop that may be used to remove small drops of batter during the frying of ''tempura'' A '''sieve''', or '''sifter''', is a device for separating wanted elements from unwanted material or for characterizing the particle size distribution of a sample, typically using a woven screen such as a mesh or net or metal. The word "sift" derives from "sieve". In cooking, a sifter is used to separate and break up clumps in dry ingredients such as flour, as well as to aerate and combine them. A '''strainer''' is a form of sieve used to separate solids from liquid.
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